One of the interesting parts of the storm was by experiencing a power outage, I had to get out the crank up radio and listen to the local station. The media was quite busy working together and sharing the stories.
The local State College was expecting a big name Demographer, Dowell Myers, to arrive and give a lecture when the storm hit. This Social Scientist could not get to the campus so a station in Seattle hosted his lecture, sent it to those of us who were stranded and who had a radio.
Myers wanted to share with people about how the Census and population trends affect Democracy and specifically some interesting questions to consider when voting this year. It was a fascinating half hour of information sharing.
One question Myers asked,” Who is going to buy your house?”
This is a significant question because the vast majority of homeowners aged 50 and upwards are including their homes in part of their retirement planning and funding.
For 56% of us in the 50 and older age bracket, our homes are going to be purchased by the children of Immigrants living right now. These children will not be able to purchase our homes unless they have the equivalent educational background that we have when we purchased.
Will there be enough young adults with enough income to purchase our homes, even with diminished property values? How many are actually getting a college diploma? How many are dropping out of school at a young age?
If we want to keep our economy strong we need to send lots of funds to our schools, to employ the best teachers, and to figure out how we can be the most helpful and encouraging to the Immigrant population in our state. We need to educate like we give a DAM (that much volume and power) …. and as though our future depends on it, because it does.
Demography is the study of populations and cultures and they share lots of pertinent information with us. Many, many local communities are suffering already with a huge dropout rate. Schools are disenfranchising the immigrant community and also some of our brightest and best. If we do not keep our public schools in peak shape we are going to be in a very difficult situation.
It was a lot of information to take in, but important information to know and understand. There are a large number of candidates running this year, who would like to shut down public education and go to a “pay to play” system – or private schools. Some candidates wish to get rid of teachers unions and the government funding.
Most politicians right now are avoiding all the questions about immigration and who can vote and which groups to support and promote.
The Demographer’s final words were: “(This) State cannot afford a single high school dropout without it producing serious economic ramifications and devastating financial circumstances for those 50 and above.”
Just thought you might like to know.
So who is going to buy your house? Will most people not want to get into a house at all? How will we keep public schools going and make them competitive with private schools? What do we need to do for immigrants now?
Looking forward to hearing what you think:
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